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Who we are?

  • Focus on providing black young professionals ages 18-35 with access to specialized training and essential learning opportunities to prepare them for careers in public service and global diplomacy.

  • We see the creation of this Academy as a direct contribution and investment in the recognition, justice and development of Black communities, as outlined by the United Nations declaration of the Decade for People of African Descent.

  • A structured training mechanism that activates the Black youth voice at the individual level that directly impacts the systemic outcomes.

  • Aims to prepare participants to interface with regional, national and global policy issues ranging from climate change management to future of work in the digital age.

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Education – SDG 4: The BDA seeks to close experiential learning gaps that prevent access to policy actors for Black youth in Canada aspiring to be the next generation of policy leaders. The Academy recognizes that access to experiential learning opportunities have a direct impact on both the academic and professional trajectory of participants. Therefore, the Academy mitigates this barrier by hosting learning labs, conferences, internships, travel abroad opportunities and access to the network for relationship building as a mechanism to create social inclusion. Through these actions, the Academy ensures that Black youth and young professionals are on an equitable path to opportunities for advancement.​

Employment – SDGs 5, 8: The domestic and international relations job sectors in Canada, especially those in the diplomacy space: negotiation, trade, development (humanitarian and economic), Justice and Strong equitable Institutions, National Security, Technology, Infrastructure, are often concealed and difficult to access. Furthermore, these areas continue to present gender-based inequity. The BDA seeks to uncover this hidden job market for Black youths and create a pathway for them to seek and excel in opportunities in these fields.

Representation on policy platforms – SDGs 10, 13, 16 and 17: The BDA seeks to inform policy positions on foreign policy at the national and international levels. Specifically, the mission of the Academy in this context is to champion Canada’s policy positions at High-Level meetings, G-series, World Economic and Climate Action forums. The Academy endeavors to position Black young people to excel in subject matter that is focused on multilateralism. In addition, the Academy pursues the advancement of Black diplomacy at the intersection of racial and ethnic identity, age, gender, differently abled and neurodiverse individuals and lived expertise in African descent diasporic concerns.

The UN Permanent Forum for People of African Descent – SDG 10: The BDA is positioned to act in alignment with the modalities of the UN Permanent Forum for People of African Descent. The Academy also prioritizes the themes of Recognition, Justice and Development in the context of domestic and foreign policy development.


Fellow 2023

Edynne Grand-Pierre

"Since I obtained my diploma in international development and globalization, I never had the opportunity to explore the practical aspect of diplomacy, policy, and global affairs. Joining this program is now my chance! I can’t wait to learn about international concerns affecting our world but specifically people of African descent, and to be trained on how to become a leader for my community, my country, and the future generation."

Fellow 2021

Mark Ngoran Nyuykighan

"I am very pleased to say that my experience with the Black Diplomats Academy has been excellent and I feel it is a privilege. My appreciation for the excellent work BDA is doing to uplift the Black Youth, especially in the domains of Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Community Development and the constant awareness the Academy is creating around the Permanent Forum for People of African Descent and paying close attention to its three main areas of focus; Recognition, Justice and Development. Developing Young Leaders of Tomorrow, Today through its Black Diplomats Academy is investing in a better future for Black Canadians to be precise and the World at large. The Academy is on a Journey to bring out the best in Young Black People and to instill in them the spirit of Black Excellence.

In the journey with BDA, I have actually seen desires been converted in to realty and how my innermost strength manifested in some sensitive aspects of the Society relating to Black People as a whole like Systemic Racism and Discrimination to name a few. It’s a great Privilege to be a part of its very first Cohort , The work creates a great Influence on the Society and changing minds of Young Black People for a brighter future and standing up to fill gaps in pertinent issues in the Society that relates directly to them and their way of life.

I give my best wishes and luck to the entire brilliant team of Young and dynamic Black People who are sacrificing a time in their live to fight for Justice, Recognition and Development of People of African Descent." - Mark Ngoran

Fellow 2022

Yanaminah Thullah

"So grateful to have connected with Black youth leaders around the world through this program and to take up space in the world of diplomacy. This experience has been enlightening for my career path in the realm of international relations, human rights, and diplomacy. The culmination of all our learning and hard work was converted into working papers and eventually the presentations that took place at The Black Diplomacy Global Summit. This doubled with my mentorship has made this entire experience so fulfilling!"


Drive Legislative and Economic justice through the application of Sustainable Development Goals 1, 4, 5, 8, 10, 13, 16, and 17.


  • Weekly learning labs with direct access to global policy leaders.
  • Career development workshops and activities (career fair/CV review)
  • Black Diplomacy Global Summit
  • One to One mentoring with senior public sector leaders Internship opportunities with Global Affairs Canada 
  • Travel abroad opportunities for representation on policy platforms such as Climate Change conferences (COP26)
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